Mickey's Mail: 7-11-18

The Expo for Business & Innovation 2018 and telling member stories in Region Magazine!
The “next big thing” for the Bridgeport Regional Business Council is going to be our Expo for Business & Innovation to be held all day on - new date - October 16.
As promised, we now have our Exhibitor Package with a great “Early Bird” price for renting exhibit space. The “Early Bird” offer is available until August 31, 2018 – so make your reservations now online at
Or link below for all exhibitor-sponsorship info:
Sponsorship opportunities offer exposure at the Expo and in the September Issue of Region Magazine which will enjoy bonus distribution at the Expo.
As last explained in this blog on June 22, we are partnering with our presenting sponsor, Webster Bank, to bring you the largest Business Expo in our region, complete with a luncheon program and an after-hours networking and cocktail reception. 
This is a “Can’t Miss” event that provides BRBC members and non-members a special opportunity to showcase their products and services. 
Our goal is to feature products that are “made-in” as well as services that are “unique to” our Greater Bridgeport Region. And, we also want to offer both exhibitors and non-exhibitors an opportunity to promote thier businesses beyond the Expo via our next issue of Region Magazine.
This issue will serve as a take-away from the Expo that offers members extended advertising opportunities and it will also share stories about our BRBC "makers", manufacturers, and innovators.
Jocelyn Paoletta, our Communications Director and the Publisher of the BRBC’s new Region Magazine, will be looking to feature many of our member manufacturers and local innovators in the next issue.
She is most happy to review story and photography submissions about BRBC Member companies in the region to consider for inclusion in the Magazine.
You'll see a sample cover for the fall issue. This issue will have an early print run for bonus distribution at the Expo and then be direct mailed to a select list of businesses in the region in late September - early October.
Advertisers in our inaugural issue of Region Magazine, which will be in the mail next week and online at in short order, should give a shout out to Jocelyn if they wish to run their ad again for this second issue. I know she has set up special pricing for renewing advertisers.
And, several of the Expo Sponsorship packages also offer exposure in the Fall Issue of Region Magazine.
Jocelyn can be reached at or via phone at 203.335.3800 to discuss story ideas, advertising, or expo reservations.
All in all, The Expo and Region Magazine offer two super business promotion and advertising opportunities being brought to you by the BRBC. We encourage you to take advantage of them both.

Thank you again, Bobby Valentine and Johnny Vazzano
A special treat for me as a former Barnum Festival Ringmaster (from 25 years ago: Yikes!) was the opportunity afforded me to ride in the first convertible behind the Grand Marshal of the festival’s Great Street Parade held on July 1 in Bridgeport’s Seaside Park. 
That Grand Marshall was none other than Sacred Heart University’s Executive Athletic Director Bobby Valentine, who I thanked, once again, for keynoting our Annual Meeting on June 19 where we filled the ballroom at the Trumbull Marriott.
It was extremely hot at the parade, but it was great to see all the beachgoers who walked over from the beach to watch the parade. 
And, hats off to Ringmaster Johnny Vazzano (left) who did a remarkable job this year as the Barnum Festival’s current (and 70th) ringmaster.

New Director of Leadership Programs for the BRBC
Erin Mercede, our new Director of Leadership Programs, began work this past Monday. 
Her new e-mail address is Drop her a note to welcome her and let her know of any suggestions you might have as to how to make our Leadership Greater Bridgeport and THRIVE Emerging Leaders programs bigger and better than ever!
And check out this link to an article in Fairfield County Business Journal about the BRBC’s newest staff member…

 Mickey's Mail - 4/25/18

My dad worked his whole career for the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in the shadow of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge several miles south of downtown Washington, DC. He was even able to get me an intern’s job there one summer when I was in college. We lived in District Heights, MD, in Prince Georges County, about a 20-minute drive to NRL.  
When I first became aware of MGM’s interest in establishing an entertainment center on the waterfront here in Bridgeport, it didn’t take me long to learn that in late 2016 MGM had opened one of its world-class facilities just on the other side of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge where my Dad had worked over 40 years earlier.
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan was quoted as saying that MGM Resorts’ $1.4 billion National Harbor destination is “one of the most important economic development projects in Maryland history”.  
Wow! Right near where my dad worked and where I grew up. This I had to see for myself. So, two weeks ago, my wife, Jackie, and I drove to Annapolis to visit my brother, and then checked into MGM National Harbor’s Hotel for two nights. 

 Mickey's Mail - 4/17/18

Surviving the “Burning Platform” and
Achieving Fiscal Stability 
Occasionally, we here at the BRBC get to host an event that is extraordinarily special and important for our business community. 
That opportunity is upon us now as this Friday morning, April 20, we will have two distinguished guests speak to us at an 8:00 AM breakfast at the Bridgeport Holiday Inn. They are the co-chairs of the Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth, Robert Patricelli and James Smith. They will present the commission’s report, which was just released last month, and report recommendations are before the state legislature right now.
I have known both Bob (for decades!) and Jim for a long time and can readily attest how critical their non-partisan report is for the future of our state.
I have seen their presentation twice and was riveted by it both times. They begin by discussing the “burning platform”, or the dire economic conditions our state faces, and then they focus on a series of recommendations to return our state to a fiscally stable condition.
Don’t miss this one. We all need to be fully apprised of the fiscal challenges our state faces. And some specific ways we can meet those challenges.

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